“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”--John Dewey

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”--Nelson Mandela

At SPC, we are lifelong learners who have a sense of holy curiosity and a “beginner's mind.” We like to learn and grow, mindful that spirituality and social justice are not separate, but united as one. How does this manifest itself? In three distinct ways:

  • Sunday Seminars - We engage in stimulating and relevant discussions as we study the books such as How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi to The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism by Katherine Stewart and from The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr to The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg. Our studies have impacted individual and collective prophetic actions (praxis) such as supporting the Eastern Panhandle Community Remembrance Project (remembering a local lynching), standing up for justice at school board meetings, supporting anti-Christian nationalism organizations and contacting our local, state, and federal representatives. Hence, study leads to action! (9:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall and Zoom)

  • Exploring Spiritual Practices (ESP) - With a sense of community and sharing, we explore and experience various spiritual practices such as inner silence, insight meditation, lovingkindness, story meditation, passage meditation, prayer, and others. (2nd Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. by Zoom)

  • Occasional continuing education programs through retreats and periodic workshops on various subjects with guest speakers.